Jonathan Blow’s next project after Braid, dubbed The Witness, will be available on PC and iOS when it releases sometime next year, but it won’t be available on consoles.
Braid performed fairly well on consoles, so why is Blow backing out on a console release for his next title? Well, according to his recent interview with EDGE, it’s because the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 “are over five years old now, and that’s a lot in computer years.”
He continued, saying: “The kind of tricks we’d have to perform to get this game working on those platforms are such a lot of work that to port it over at this point is just not worth it for us.”
He admits that while there are currently no plans to port The Witness over to consoles, it’s not at all impossible that he’ll wind up changing his mind – but it’s not likely, he adds.
“By the time this game comes out in a year or more, we might be on an iPad 4. We do have to compress the game for that platform, but we don’t have to do the certification stuff we would have to on consoles, so we can live with doing just one of those giant tasks.”
The Witness currently doesn’t have a release date set, but a release at some point in 2012 is likely.
Source: EDGE (via Joystiq)